Early Picks for November

Allan Hoffenblum
Publisher of the California Target Book and owner of Allan Hoffenblum & Associates

With the June Primary now behind us, it’s time to focus on the November General Election, and to suggest where serious congressional and state legislative races will be fought. This is the second election cycle that California voters went through what some like to call the “Jungle Primary,” with the top two vote getters, regardless […]

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The Waxman Berman Machine

Allan Hoffenblum
Publisher of the California Target Book and owner of Allan Hoffenblum & Associates

With Howard Berman’s defeat for reelection in 2012 and Henry Waxman retiring this year, I thought I would look back on the early years of the Waxman-Berman political operation – how it came about, why it became so effective and my experience in going up against them. Waxman first ran for public office in 1968 […]

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Early Look at Campaign 2014: Part 4 – Safe Open Seats and Possible Same Party Runoffs

Allan Hoffenblum
Publisher of the California Target Book and owner of Allan Hoffenblum & Associates

We are one year away from the November 2014 General Election, and the California Target Book, which I publish, just distributed its fall edition to subscribers, analyzing and handicapping the upcoming races in California for congress and the state legislature. Earlier on Fox & Hounds, I reported on the key races for Congress (Part 1), […]

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Early Look at Campaign 2014: Part 3 – State Assembly

Allan Hoffenblum
Publisher of the California Target Book and owner of Allan Hoffenblum & Associates

We are one year away from the November 2014 General Election, and the California Target Book, which I publish, just distributed its fall edition to subscribers, analyzing and handicapping the upcoming races in California for congress and the state legislature. Earlier, I reported on the key races for Congress (Part 1) and state Senate (Part […]

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Early Look at Campaign 2014: Part 2 – State Senate

Allan Hoffenblum
Publisher of the California Target Book and owner of Allan Hoffenblum & Associates

We are one year away from the November 2014 General Election, and the California Target Book, which I publish, just printed its fall edition, analyzing and handicapping the upcoming races in California for congress and the state legislature. Last week, I reported on key races for Congress; today, I am covering the state Senate races. […]

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Early Look at Campaign 2014: Part 1 – Congress

Allan Hoffenblum
Publisher of the California Target Book and owner of Allan Hoffenblum & Associates

We are one year away from the November 2014 General Election, and the California Target Book, which I publish, just printed its fall edition, analyzing and handicapping the upcoming races in California for congress and the state legislature. It is much too early to pinpoint with any accuracy where all the targeted races will be, […]

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Re: How Top Two Primaries Effects Third Party Candidates

Allan Hoffenblum
Publisher of the California Target Book and owner of Allan Hoffenblum & Associates

In response to the article written by the state chairs or spokesperson of the Green, Libertarian and Peace & Freedom parties on the effects the top two primary has on third party candidates, I addressed this issue in a May 27, 2010 article for Fox & Hounds. In that article, I pointed out that third […]

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Campaign 2012: Final Remarks

Allan Hoffenblum
Publisher of the California Target Book and owner of Allan Hoffenblum & Associates

THE TARGET RACES Prior to the November 6, 2012 General Election, the California Target Book, which I publish, identified ten congressional districts, four state senate districts and six assembly districts as targets. These are twenty districts that both political parties – and several of their like-minded independent expenditure committees – spent serious dollars in an […]

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Memo to Republicans: I Wish you had Listened!

Allan Hoffenblum
Publisher of the California Target Book and owner of Allan Hoffenblum & Associates

In August of  2009, I wrote in an article for F&H Daily titled “Reach out, Republicans, or lose!.” In that article, I wrote that unless the California Republican Party is able to persuade significant numbers of Latinos, Asians and other people of color to register in their party and/or vote for their candidate, they will […]

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2012 Target Races – Part Four: Same Party Runoffs

Allan Hoffenblum
Publisher of the California Target Book and owner of Allan Hoffenblum & Associates

Under the new top two Open Primary held last June, the top two vote getters, regardless of political party, enter the November runoff.  This resulted in twenty-eight races that the top two candidates were of the same political party. In most of the races neither candidate can win on base vote alone, meaning they need […]

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